The Cincinnati Reds have traded right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark to the Oakland Athletics. Ken Rosenthal had that piece of the action first. In return they will be getting back outfield prospect Jameson Hannah, which was first reported by Jon Heyman. Susan Slusser, the Oakland Athletics beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report that the Reds will be cover $2.1M of the remaining salary on Tanner Roark’s contract for 2019.
Tanner Roark’s career as a Red lasted just over 4 months. He made 21 starts for Cincinnati and threw 110.1 innings, walked 38 batters, and he struck out 108 of them. And he did all of that while post a 4.24 ERA – good for a 108 ERA+ (8% better than league average). He’ll be a free agent following the 2019 season. The Athletics are currently clinging onto the final wild card spot, a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. They are trailing Houston in the division by 8 games, and with the moves the Astros made today, the chances that Oakland catches them are slim-and-none. But adding Roark improves their rotation and gives them a better chance to claim that final wild card spot, or even catch Cleveland for the #1 wild card spot.
Looking at James Hannah
Jameson Hannah was a 2nd round pick of the Athletics in 2018. This season he’s played the entire year as a 21-year-old in Stockton. The Advanced-A California League is known as a hitters paradise. Jameson Hannah has hit .283/.341/.381 with 29 walks, 88 strikeouts, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and he’s stolen 6 bases while being caught 7 times.
More information on new Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Jameson Hannah. The outfielder was rated as the #8 prospect in the midseason update by MLB Pipeline in the Oakland organization. They rate his hit, field, and run tools as above-average. His power and arm both rate out as slightly below-average. Baseball America rated Hannah as the Athletics (not to be confused with The Athletic) #7 overall prospect, praising his bat speed and defensive abilities. Fangraphs has already added Jameson Hannah to the Reds prospect list and they slide him in at the #10 spot.
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